Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Denver/Boulder, CO
NOUS45 KBOU 110859
Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MDT THU AUG 11 2016
...Today in metro Denver weather history...
8-13 In 1875...clouds of grasshoppers were seen flying through
the air on the prevailing winds during each day.
11 In 1872...fog was very dense until about 8:00 AM. There was
water dripping from the roofs of houses as if it had rained.
The rain gage showed 0.01 inch of moisture...even though
there had been no rainfall.
In 1927...an apparent dry microburst produced only a trace
of rain and brief northwest winds sustained to 34 mph
with gusts to 44 mph.
In 1980...hail up to golf ball size caused some roof and car
damage in the southern part of Aurora.
In 1990...lightning ignited a storage tank filled with 10
thousand gallons of crude oil in a farmer`s field near
Dacono...25 miles north of Denver. Flames shot to 40 feet
high for nearly 2 hours before being extinguished. A
lightning bolt also struck 21 miles north of Denver at an
Erie fire station...causing extensive damage to the gas meter
and electrical system. The sudden power surge blew out the
station`s television set...a refrigerator...and a pop
machine. Small fires spread throughout the structure...
totally destroying the building`s electrical wiring. The
fires were quickly extinguished by the in-resident fire
fighters. Golf ball size hail was reported in Denver near
the intersection of Santa Fe Drive and I-25.
In 2012...a severe thunderstorm produced a wind gust to 60
mph at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport.
In 1992...dime size hail fell in Westminster.
In 1994...strong thunderstorms produced large hail across
northwest and north metro Denver. One inch diameter hail
fell in Brighton with 3/4 inch hail reported in Westminster
and at Indian Hills in the foothills west of Denver.
Lightning struck a house in Arvada. The resulting
fire destroyed one-third of the house. Funnel clouds were
sighted over Westminster.
In 1997...large hail...strong winds...and torrential rains
hammered portions of Lakewood and south Denver. Nearly
1 inch of rain fell in the span of 10 minutes in south
Denver with a storm total of 1.81 inches. Street flooding
was extensive as gutters and other drainage systems in the
area were clogged by hail...piled several inches deep...and
other debris. Strong thunderstorm winds to 50 mph and
large hail accompanied by heavy rain caused extensive
damage to cars...homes...and businesses. Several trees were
downed by the strong winds...and trees were stripped of
their leaves by hail. A water lily exhibition on display
at the Denver Botanic Gardens was heavily damaged. Final
estimates of the damage included 60 million dollars to
automobiles and an additional 68 million dollars to homes
and businesses. Hail to 1 1/2 inches in diameter fell in
south Denver with 3/4 to 1 inch hail in Lakewood. A man
received minor injuries in Aurora when he was struck by
lightning while talking on the telephone.
In 2003...hail to 3/4 inch in diameter was measured in Aurora
near Cherry Creek.